The first thing they tell you in Prediction School is that you must pay for all 104 weeks up front. The second thing they tell you is that predicting isn’t something that can be taught, but rather it’s something that you’re born with.

Some people call it a gift, some call it a curse. For me, I see it as a nuisance that I can take advantage of. Like having an annoying neighbor who works at a brewery.

Do I like knowing what’s going to happen in an Ohio State football game before it happens? No, of course not. But do I like getting over 30% of my predictions correct and then rubbing it in everyone’s faces? Heck yeah!

So how did things go last week?

Well, it could be argued that I got three of my five predictions correct last week, which would then put my season record at nine predictions correct and six incorrect. I don’t like the word “incorrect,” however, since it infers that I got something wrong.

I feel pretty good about my five predictions for this week, though I did have to change one of them from the Bold Predictions episode of Buckeye Weekly on Wednesday out of fairness. That prediction was “Somebody other than CJ Stroud will throw a touchdown pass,” which is now almost no longer in doubt. So I’ll leave that one out and replace it with something else that will happen instead.

You know what, I’m just gonna go with five all new predictions. I went to college for this. It’s time I put that $47,000 worth of prediction tuition to good use.

Let’s get started.

1. An Ohio State tight end will score this weekend.

Senior tight end Jeremy Ruckert has been pretty quiet this season, catching just six passes on the season to this point and not reaching the end zone yet. In fact, no Buckeye tight end has scored this season, which means it’s about time one of them does. All told, the Ohio State tight ends have eight catches for 114 yards, but this will be the game where they finally make the scoreboard. I won’t be surprised to see a couple of tight ends snag touchdowns in this one. Perhaps Ruckert in the first half and Gee Scott in the second half. Also keep an eye out for Mitch Rossi on a flat route inside the 5-yard line.

2. The Ohio State defense or special teams will score in this game.

Currently, the Buckeyes are scoring on defense every other game. Haskell Garrett picked up a fumble and returned it for a touchdown against Minnesota. The defense then went scoreless against Oregon, but last week we saw safety Cameron Martinez return an interception for a touchdown. That means the Buckeyes are actually due to score a defensive touchdown next week, but I am going to go way out on a limb and say it happens this week instead. Akron has only turned the ball over three times all season, but one of them did get returned for a touchdown. How does a second Cam Martinez pick six sound? I also decided to add a special teams score to this prediction because I could see a blocked punt or even an Emeka Egbuka return touchdown this week. There should also be opportunities to return punts.

3. The Buckeyes’ true freshman defensive linemen will combine for at least 2.5 tackles for loss.

As everybody knows, my predictions on sacks and tackles for loss almost always come up short. I consider this my “Give a Penny, Take a Penny” of prediction karma. I don’t want a spotless hit rate because that makes everybody else look bad and can also arouse governmental suspicion. But I do feel pretty good about this one. Defensive ends JT Tuimoloau and Jack Sawyer should play a lot in this one. Tuimoloau could be on the field upward of 40 snaps as they look to incorporate him more and more into this defense. Eventually he is going to get into the backfield. The same can be said for Sawyer. This is going to be his first extensive action, so I’m expecting some successful snaps his way. And we can’t forget defensive tackle Tyleik Williams. He had 1.5 tackles for loss all by himself last week. Maybe I should bump this up to 3.0 tackles for loss, but trust me when I tell you that 2.5 is plenty predictiony enough.

4. Kyle McCord will throw for at least 200 yards in the first half.

The assumption here is that Kyle McCord will be starting on Saturday. He’s gotten reps with the ones back in camp and then again several times once the season has started. That has also continued this week. We got to see McCord in the spring game and he was an aggressive downfield passer. I expect that to continue in this game, and why wouldn’t it when Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson are likely only going to be playing in the first half. Ryan Day should have McCord come out firing so that he can get as much passing work as possible in this game. I think we can all agree there’s going to be at least one deep completion in the first half, but there will also be many other completions in the first two quarters to pile on the yards. I expect McCord to look very good on Saturday, which will lead to a full-blown quarterback controversy OUTSIDE of the Ohio State football facilities.

5. The Buckeyes will have more plays of 20 yards or more from scrimmage than first downs allowed.

This one is a little out of the box and probably a bit too bold for this weekly feature. Ohio State is averaging seven plays of 20+ yards from scrimmage per game so far, but I think they could possibly double that number against Akron. So that means the defense will need to hold the Zips to 13 first downs or fewer. The Buckeyes are dead last in first downs allowed, giving up 25 per game. So I’m predicting the Buckeyes to do twice as well in their average in both 20-yard plays and first downs allowed. Not a great move by me. Akron is averaging 20.7 first downs per game, so I’ve got my work cut out for me. I should just turn this into a bonus prediction, but I’ve already written so much about it that I’m simply too lazy to have to write this much about another prediction. Just unfortunate all around if you think about it.

Bonus: At least two Buckeyes will record their first career scores.

I’m thinking Marvin Harrison and Gee Scott, or Emeka Egbuka and Cade Stover, or Dawand Jones and Donovan Jackson.

Bonus: Ohio State will outgain Akron by at least 400 yards.

This was one of my original predictions, so I thought I would go ahead and throw it in here. The last time the Buckeyes outgained an opponent by 400 yards was Maryland in 2019 when Ohio State put up 705 yards of total offense to the Terps’ 139 yards.

Bonus: Somebody other than Garrett Wilson, Chris Olave, or TreVeyon Henderson will have a catch of at least 40 yards.

This was another on my original list that I liked too much not to at least throw in the bargain bin here.

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  1. The first thing they tell you in Prediction School is that you must pay for all 104 weeks up front. The second thing they tell you is that predicting isn’t something that can be taught, but rather it’s something that you’re born with.

    Some people call it a gift, some call it a curse. For me, I see it as a nuisance that I can take advantage of. Like having an annoying neighbor who works at a brewery.

    Do I like knowing what’s going to happen in an Ohio State football game before it happens? No, of course not. But do I like getting over 30% of my predictions correct and then rubbing it in everyone’s faces? Heck yeah!

    So how did things go last week?

    Well, it could be argued that I got three of my five predictions correct last week, which would then put my season record at nine predictions correct and six incorrect. I don’t like the word “incorrect,” however, since it infers that I got something wrong.

    I feel pretty good about my five predictions for this week, though I did have to change one of them from the Bold Predictions episode of Buckeye Weekly on Wednesday out of fairness. That prediction was “Somebody other than CJ Stroud will throw a touchdown pass,” which is now almost no longer in doubt. So I’ll leave that one out and replace it with something else that will happen instead.

    You know what, I’m just gonna go with five all new predictions. I went to college for this. It’s time I put that $47,000 worth of prediction tuition to good use.

    Let’s get started.

    [B]1. An Ohio State tight end will score this weekend.[/B]

    Senior tight end Jeremy Ruckert has been pretty quiet this season, catching just six passes on the season to this point and not reaching the end zone yet. In fact, no Buckeye tight end has scored this season, which means it’s about time one of them does. All told, the Ohio State tight ends have eight catches for 114 yards, but this will be the game where they finally make the scoreboard. I won’t be surprised to see a couple of tight ends snag touchdowns in this one. Perhaps Ruckert in the first half and Gee Scott in the second half. Also keep an eye out for Mitch Rossi on a flat route inside the 5-yard line.

    [B]2. The Ohio State defense or special teams will score in this game.[/B]

    Currently, the Buckeyes are scoring on defense every other game. Haskell Garrett picked up a fumble and returned it for a touchdown against Minnesota. The defense then went scoreless against Oregon, but last week we saw safety Cameron Martinez return an interception for a touchdown. That means the Buckeyes are actually due to score a defensive touchdown [I]next week[/I], but I am going to go way out on a limb and say it happens this week instead. Akron has only turned the ball over three times all season, but one of them did get returned for a touchdown. How does a second Cam Martinez pick six sound? I also decided to add a special teams score to this prediction because I could see a blocked punt or even an Emeka Egbuka return touchdown this week. There should also be opportunities to return punts.

    [B]3. The Buckeyes’ true freshman defensive linemen will combine for at least 2.5 tackles for loss.[/B]

    As everybody knows, my predictions on sacks and tackles for loss almost always come up short. I consider this my “Give a Penny, Take a Penny” of prediction karma. I don’t want a spotless hit rate because that makes everybody else look bad and can also arouse governmental suspicion. But I do feel pretty good about this one. Defensive ends JT Tuimoloau and Jack Sawyer should play a lot in this one. Tuimoloau could be on the field upward of 40 snaps as they look to incorporate him more and more into this defense. Eventually he is going to get into the backfield. The same can be said for Sawyer. This is going to be his first extensive action, so I’m expecting some successful snaps his way. And we can’t forget defensive tackle Tyleik Williams. He had 1.5 tackles for loss all by himself last week. Maybe I should bump this up to 3.0 tackles for loss, but trust me when I tell you that 2.5 is plenty predictiony enough.

    [B]4. Kyle McCord will throw for at least 200 yards in the first half.[/B]

    The assumption here is that Kyle McCord will be starting on Saturday. He’s gotten reps with the ones back in camp and then again several times once the season has started. That has also continued this week. We got to see McCord in the spring game and he was an aggressive downfield passer. I expect that to continue in this game, and why wouldn’t it when Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson are likely only going to be playing in the first half. Ryan Day should have McCord come out firing so that he can get as much passing work as possible in this game. I think we can all agree there’s going to be at least one deep completion in the first half, but there will also be many other completions in the first two quarters to pile on the yards. I expect McCord to look very good on Saturday, which will lead to a full-blown quarterback controversy [I][B]OUTSIDE[/B][/I] of the Ohio State football facilities.

    [B]5. The Buckeyes will have more plays of 20 yards or more from scrimmage than first downs allowed.[/B]

    This one is a little out of the box and probably a bit too bold for this weekly feature. Ohio State is averaging seven plays of 20+ yards from scrimmage per game so far, but I think they could possibly double that number against Akron. So that means the defense will need to hold the Zips to 13 first downs or fewer. The Buckeyes are dead last in first downs allowed, giving up 25 per game. So I’m predicting the Buckeyes to do twice as well in their average in both 20-yard plays and first downs allowed. Not a great move by me. Akron is averaging 20.7 first downs per game, so I’ve got my work cut out for me. I should just turn this into a bonus prediction, but I’ve already written so much about it that I’m simply too lazy to have to write this much about another prediction. Just unfortunate all around if you think about it.

    [B]Bonus: At least two Buckeyes will record their first career scores.[/B]

    I’m thinking Marvin Harrison and Gee Scott, or Emeka Egbuka and Cade Stover, or Dawand Jones and Donovan Jackson.

    [B]Bonus: Ohio State will outgain Akron by at least 400 yards.[/B]

    This was one of my original predictions, so I thought I would go ahead and throw it in here. The last time the Buckeyes outgained an opponent by 400 yards was Maryland in 2019 when Ohio State put up 705 yards of total offense to the Terps’ 139 yards.

    [B]Bonus: Somebody other than Garrett Wilson, Chris Olave, or TreVeyon Henderson will have a catch of at least 40 yards.[/B]

    This was another on my original list that I liked too much not to at least throw in the bargain bin here.

  2. [QUOTE=”KJ45, post: 316541, member: 1878″]
    I hope Dawand Jones scores!!
    [/QUOTE]
    One day. I promise!

  3. [QUOTE=”JustinFeelz, post: 316613, member: 1674″]
    technically, it would [I]imply [/I]that you got something wrong and we would be the ones [I]inferring[/I] that

    technically
    [/QUOTE]
    Are you calling me incorrect????

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